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    I would like to upgrade my 64 bit Vista machine to a dual boot Vista and Win7.

    Can I do a clean install of Win7 onto drive 1 using my Win7 Pro upgrade disk? I am concerned that the upgrade will either zap the Vista OS which is on drive 0 or interfere with BIOS data in a way that disables a boot to Vista on drive 0.

    The processor is an Intel i7 and I have three large and fast disk drives. I do have a legal upgrade disk for Win 7 Pro and a full installation disk for XP so the dual boot configuration will be legitimate. The XP has never been installed on any machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Rigden View Post
    Can I do a clean install of Win7 onto drive 1 using my Win7 Pro upgrade disk? I am concerned that the upgrade will either zap the Vista OS which is on drive 0 or interfere with BIOS data in a way that disables a boot to Vista on drive 0.
    See How to dual boot Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Vista installed first). Ignore all the stuff about creating space for Win7.

    More similar article links as "windows 7" dual boot with vista - Bing

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP View Post
    See How to dual boot Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Vista installed first). Ignore all the stuff about creating space for Win7.

    More similar article links as "windows 7" dual boot with vista - Bing

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    This is helpful information for anyone who wants to set up a dual boot system using a full installer for Win 7 as opposed to the upgrade version of Win7 Pro which I have.

    I would like to follow the "Clean-install Windows 7 from the upgrade disc" in Woody Leonhard's column (https://windowssecrets.com/2009/11/1...e-upgrade-disc) but that implies that one is installing to a machine that has no prior operating system.

    I guess the question I ought to have asked is, "Can you combine Woody's method with the dual install method described in the articles you posted?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Rigden View Post
    This is helpful information for anyone who wants to set up a dual boot system using a full installer for Win 7 as opposed to the upgrade version of Win7 Pro which I have.

    I would like to follow the "Clean-install Windows 7 from the upgrade disc" in Woody Leonhard's column (https://windowssecrets.com/2009/11/1...e-upgrade-disc) but that implies that one is installing to a machine that has no prior operating system.

    I guess the question I ought to have asked is, "Can you combine Woody's method with the dual install method described in the articles you posted?"
    Yes.

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    Thank you.

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    I tried this today and the dual Windows 7 installation was as simple and straightforward as described in your link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Rigden View Post
    I tried this today and the dual Windows 7 installation was as simple and straightforward as described in your link.
    Terrific!! Glad it worked for you. Thanks for posting back.

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